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Delhi News Highlights: They (BJP) spent thousands of crores to buy MLAs… they are fighting AAP, not corruption, says Kejriwal

Delhi News Today: This is the first National People’s Conference of all elected representatives of the AAP.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: September 18, 2022 10:31:11 pm
aap conventionAAP's first national convention in Delhi on Sunday. (Express)

Delhi News Updates (September 18): Ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections in Gujarat, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is conducting its first Rashtra Jan Pratinidhi Sammelan at 11 am Sunday at the Indira Gandhi stadium in Delhi. Around 1,500 AAP leaders from across 20 states will participate in the national convention party sources said.

Meanwhile, as the four-day carnival set up by the Ministry of Culture at the newly inaugurated Kartavya Path, with drone shows and cultural performances by regional artists, came to an end, a host of entertainment programmes will be offered by the I&B Ministry for the next month, with a blend of music, dance, street plays, skits and exhibitions.

In other news, Delhi court has granted the anti-corruption branch (ACB) four days’ police custody of Aam Aadmi Party MLA Amanatullah Khan in connection with a two-year-old case related to alleged irregularities in the Delhi Waqf Board. This comes after the agency’s disclosure in court that Khan received Rs 4 crore in ill-gotten money. Khan’s close aide was arrested Saturday after one unlicensed pistol along with live cartridges were recovered from his possession, police said. This comes a day after the AAP MLA was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) in connection with a two-year-old case related to alleged irregularities in the Delhi Waqf Board.

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21:41 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Ghaziabad doctor booked for lodging false case to 'gain publicity'

Police on Sunday said they have booked a doctor for lodging a false complaint alleging that he was getting threat calls for supporting Hindu organisations, just to gain publicity. Accused physician Dr Arvind Vats Akela is absconding, police said, adding they raided his house and clinic.

In his complaint on September 9, Vats had alleged that he had received three threat calls on WhatsApp from a USA-based number and the caller had warned him against supporting Hindu organisations, failing which he would be beheaded. Vats allegedly lied to the police that he received the first call on the night of September 1, the second call the next day and the third call on September 7.

However, during the inquiry, police found that the calls were made to him by one of his patients from Malviya Nagar in Delhi just to share his medical condition and that the caller did not give any threat. (PTI)

21:17 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Economic Offences Wing issues third summon to Jacqueline Fernandez for tomorrow

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police has issued a third summons to Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez, asking her to join the investigation by 11 am on Monday, in connection with the Rs 200 crore extortion case filed against alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. (ENS) 

20:45 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Delhi logs 95 new Covid-19 cases, one death

Delhi on Sunday reported 95 new Covid-19 cases, one death, with the positivity rate dropping to 0.97 per cent. The national capital also registered 96 recoveries. 

19:49 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Doing ‘God’s work’ to seeds of expansion: Dissecting Kejriwal speech at AAP’s first national convention

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday tore into the BJP at the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) first national convention in the national capital that was attended by almost 1,500 elected representatives of the party from 20 states.

Kejriwal, several of whose party colleagues are facing either facing corruption allegations or have been arrested over graft charges, framed the fight against the BJP as a struggle against “evil”. He also spoke of Gujarat, where the party is trying to make headway in the run-up to the coming Assembly elections, and brought up the “revdi” debate.

Here are five broad topics that the AAP leader touched upon in his speech. (Read more)

19:23 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Surprised Kejriwal hasn’t said Joe Biden fears him: Sambit Patra

Hours after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the Aam Aadmi Party is like lord Krishna, sent to end evilBJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said Kejriwal’s claims of his party being powerful fizzle out during polls.

Addressing a press conference at party headquarters in New Delhi Sunday, Patra said, “Whenever there is an election, he says everyone is intimidated by AAP, and every survey is showing the party winning elections. In Himachal, he had the same refrain, and now the whole party has disintegrated. In Uttarakhand, their president has also left. I am surprised that he has not said Joe Biden fears him yet,” he said. (Read more)

19:12 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Children, youth from Delhi's slum participate in PM's cross country race

Thousands of children and youth from the slums of the national capital participated in the 'Prime Minister Narendra Modi Cross Country Slum race' organised by the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Sunday. Union Home Minister Amit Shah flagged off the race hosted as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday celebration programmes under 'Sewa Pakhwara' at Dhyanchand Stadium here.

Shah said the race was aimed at the prime minister's goal to bring all sections of the society to the mainstream of national life. Along with education, this race will connect these children with sports and boost their confidence, he added.

Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta said the race has revealed the talent in slums and unauthorised colonies of the city. Around 10,000 children and youth from all parts of the city participated in the race out of which 32 were given prizes, Delhi BJP said in a statement. (PTI)

18:35 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Delhi records max temperature of 34.7 degrees Celsius

The maximum temperature in the national capital on Sunday settled at 34.7 degrees Celsius, the weather department said.

It was a pleasant morning in the national capital on Sunday with the minimum temperature settling at 23.8 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average, the India Meteorological Department said. The relative humidity at 5:30 pm was 58 per cent.

The weather department has predicted a partly cloudy sky on Monday. The maximum temperature is expected to settle at 34 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature is expected to settle at 24 degrees Celsius. On Saturday, the maximum temperature settled at 33.6 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature was 22.3 degrees Celsius. (PTI)

17:36 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Doctor accused of removing skull during autopsy moves HC

In a bizarre development, a doctor of the Maulana Azad Medical College has been accused of illegally removing the skull from the body on which he performed an autopsy, prompting the institution to bar him from conducting post mortem examinations. The doctor, a post-graduate scholar and junior resident, has approached the Delhi High Court, claiming the allegation was "devoid of merit and bereft of a single evidence" to substantiate the heinous claims even remotely.

The July 29 order issued by the Head of the Department (HOD) of Forensic Medicine of Maulana Azad Medical College, stated the doctor was “hereby barred from doing post mortem work with immediate effect after the complaint of indulging in unethical practice of skull removal from the unknown body". The order said the doctor will be debarred from such duty till he deposits the "unethically removed skull" with the department, otherwise it will be presumed he did it for "ulterior motives”. (PTI)

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16:38 (IST)18 Sep 2022
‘AAP is like Lord Krishna, was sent to end evil’: Arvind Kejriwal sharpens attack on BJP, PM Modi

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal Sunday sharpened his attacks on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the party’s first national convention.

AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal at Rashtriya Janpratinidhi Sammelan in New Delhi on Sunday. (EXPRESS PHOTO BY PRAVEEN KHANNA 18 09 2022.)

“Like lord Krishna was sent to end evil, god has sent AAP to end corruption, inflation, unemployment and save the constitution and country from evils,” he said, addressing a gathering of around 1,500 elected representatives of the AAP from around 20 states, including Punjab, Goa, Haryana. (Read more)

15:11 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Delhi HC refuses stay of proceedings in multiple FIRs filed against ex-AAP councillor Tahir Hussain

The Delhi High Court Friday refused to stay criminal proceedings against former AAP councillor Tahir Hussain in connection with three FIRs registered against him pertaining to his involvement in the 2020 riots in Northeast Delhi.

The counsel for Hussain had preferred three petitions under Section 482 (Saving of inherent powers of High Court) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) seeking quashing of three First Information Reports (FIRs) registered against him. Two of these FIRs were registered at the Dayalpur police station and the third at the Khajuri Khas police station under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including rioting and the Arms Act.

The petitioner also requested that in the alternative the investigation carried out in the FIRs registered at the Dayalpur police station be clubbed with the FIR registered under several sections of the IPC, Sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act, Sections 13/16/17/18 Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 and Sections 3/4 Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act registered with the Crime Branch, Delhi. (Read more)

14:34 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Raghav Chadha made AAP's co-incharge of Gujarat

Raghav Chadha, AAP Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab, has been made the party's co-incharge of Gujarat ahead of elections. Chadha was also in charge of Punjab before the assembly polls earlier this year, in which AAP emerged victorious.

13:05 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Scenes from AAP's first national convention

12:44 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Satyendar Jain should be given Bharat Ratna, says Kejriwal

"They spent Rs 8-9 thousand crore to buy MLAs. They are buying MLAs, .and then they stand at Red Fort and say I am fighting against corruption. Satyendar Jain should be given Bharat Ratna. He brought mohalla clinics, free electricity, hospitals.... Now, they are after Sisodia and also targeting Kailash Gahlot," Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said at AAP's national convention on Sunday.

12:40 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Kejriwal: 'Modi not fighting corruption, he is fighting against AAP'

Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said at the party's first national convention, "I have not seen India's fight for freedom... but how our MLAs are fighting the opposition, rejecting offers of Rs 25-25 crores, facing CBI, ED, it is not small thing... They want to put all of them in jail... You all should be ready to go to jail for 3-4 months. They won't able to do anything, jail is not that bad... we stayed in jail for 15 days. Agar sabke andar ye himmat aajaye wo humara kuch nahi bigad sakte (If everyone gets this courage, they can't do anything to us)".

Hitting out at Modi, he said  "They stand on the ramparts of the Red Fort and say that I am fighting against corruption but in actual he is not fighting corruption he is fighting against AAP."

12:30 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Kejriwal: 'Like Lord Krishna, we are fighting against corruption, inflation, unemployment'

Referring to the 27 councillors in the Surat municipal corporation, Kejriwal said: "A year and half ago, we planted 27 seeds in Gujarat and they are going to become a trees, strong trees."

"Like lord Krishna, we are fighting against corruption, inflation, unemployment... agar dusri party wale mehngayi kam karte to hume log laat maar ke bhaga dete (if the other party had reduced inflation, people would have kicked us out)... But we are fighting against corruption and inflation," Kejriwal said at AAP's first national convention on Sunday.

12:24 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Kejriwal: 'We have to come together to make India number 1'

'Our main mission is to make India  Number 1 and for this we have to work on these sectors— education, health, employment, equal opportunity to woman and girls, world class infrastructure and facilities for farmers,' said Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal at the party's first national convention in Delhi on Sunday.

'75 years ago, everyone came together and kicked Britishers out... Now, we all have to come together to make our country number 1. We have launched a missed call number, join us and spread this across the city and country to make India number 1,' he said.

12:05 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Kejriwal: 'AAP's seeds were planted in Delhi and Punjab and the plant has grown strong'

At AAP's first national convention, Delhi CM and party chief Arvind Kejriwal said, "AAP is planting seeds across the nation... Seeds were planted in Delhi and Punjab and the plant has grown strong.... We have planted seeds in Gujarat also and this seed will grow very strong and become a strong tree like in Delhi and Punjab."

He added, "Lord Krishna was born to end evil... Kanha ne rakshas ka vadh kiya...waise hi bhagwan ne AAP banaya hai (The way Kanha killed the demon, the same way God has created AAP)".

12:02 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Kejriwal at AAP convention: 'AAP was formed to save the country'

"Ten years ago when Aam Aadami Party was formed, I never thought that there will be this many representative that the Indira Gandhi stadium has filled today," Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said at AAP's first national convention on Sunday.

He said, "India adopted its Constitution on 25 November 1949 and in the next 60 years these people destroyed the country. Later God had to come and intervene and in 2012 AAP was formed to save the government and the country... This is not some coincidence... God has given us the responsibility and everyone of you has to keep us to that and work for public development."

11:46 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Elderly man waylaid, robbed while walking home in South Delhi’s Madangir; two arrested

An elderly man was waylaid and robbed by three men while walking home in South Delhi’s Madangir area on Tuesday, the police said Sunday. The officers said two of the accused were arrested and an investigation is underway.

The police identified the arrested men as Rahul and Jaidev Chand, both aged 22. According to officers, the 60-year-old man lives with his family at DDA flats and was returning home after buying groceries when the accused snatched his wristwatch, gold ring, gold chain, mobile phone and wallet. Soon, his son called the police.

A police officer said, “Around 9.20 am, three men aged around 20-25 ran towards him and caught hold of him. They tried to strangle him and snatched his phone and jewelry before fleeing from the spot.” A case was soon registered and the police said that footage from more than 70 CCTVs in the area was scanned to identify the men.

Chandan Chowdhary, DCP (South) said, “Several raids were conducted and the accused were held from their homes. Their associate Harsh Negi is still on the run. The two arrested men confessed during interrogation. We have already recovered the gold ring, wrist watch and the victim’s wallet from their possession, along with some cash.” The accused were previously involved in seven to nine similar cases and are history sheeters, the police added.

11:44 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Delhi Road Crash Report: More fatal accidents at night, West District most accident-prone

Road accidents during the day are more than those during the night in Delhi but night crashes result in more deaths, according to Delhi Road Crash Report 2021, released by the Delhi traffic police. Daytime crashes caused more injuries, it said.

Of the 2,673 daytime crashes, 561 resulted in fatalities while of the 2,047 nighttime crashes, 645 ended in fatalities, the report said. It also indicated that fatal crashes are more likely between 6 pm and 3 am.

The number of accident deaths started increasing after 6 pm with the one hour between 6 pm and 7 pm accounting for 44 deaths in 2021. It peaked at 123 between 11 pm and midnight. The period from 2 to 3 am accounted for 30 fatal crashes. Read more here

delhi accidents Poor road engineering, light conditions, weather, unguarded civil work, slippery roads and encroachments add to the number of accidents in Delhi, police said. (Express file photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

How Mahatma Gandhi ‘fired the first salvo’ in creation of Jamia Millia Islamia

So strong was the fervour of Non-Cooperation and the Khilafat Movement which gripped young students and teachers in Aligarh in 1920, that with scant resources it took all of 17 days for Jamia Millia Islamia to be born in their pursuit of a “truly nationalist institution”.

In many ways, Jamia was born of the discontent of nationalist students and teachers at the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College – founded by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan in Aligarh in 1875 – against the institution’s indifference to the calls of these anti-colonial movements. Among those at the helm of the founding of Jamia were the famous Ali brothers, Shaukat and Mohammed, the leaders of the Khilafat Movement, and Mahatma Gandhi “fired the first salvo” on October 12 1920, in an address to students of the college. Two days before his address, ten members of the college Syndicate, alarmed by national trends, had invoked an address made to Viceroy Lord Lytton in 1877 that they would like the college to make Indian Muslims “worthy and useful subjects of the British Crown”.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday alleged the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) were "unnecessarily troubling everyone", and that he still did not know what the liquor scam was all about. Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal said the Lieutenant Governor, CBI and BJP have quoted varying amounts of money involved in the alleged liquor scam, but he didn't understand what it was really about. "One of their (BJP) leaders says it is a scam of Rs 8,000 crore, the LG says it is a scam of Rs 144 crore and the CBI FIR says there is a scam of Rs 1 crore. I don't understand what the liquor scam is," Kejriwal said.

Six people were rescued and two trapped after a house collapsed in Northeast Delhi's Johripur Extension on Friday. Video footage of the incident showed that the house had collapsed inwards. Delhi Fire Services (DFS) chief Atul Garg said that they received a call around 12 pm regarding the incident. Four fire tenders were rushed to the site, Garg said. "So far six persons have been rescued and it is suspected that two more are there," he added. Rescue operations are underway.

The CBI on Saturday moved a court here seeking cancellation of bail granted to Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav in the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) scam. Special Judge Geetanjali Goel issued a notice to Yadav on the application moved by the probe agency and sought his reply by September 28.

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First published on: 17-09-2022 at 10:33:25 am
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